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post #46 of 620
great stuff fellas

do you guys do any post-processing ? i've never, aside from cropping ... though it seems to be common practice.

got my hands on a Telephoto 90mm f/2.8 Tele-Elmarit M


this plus the voigtlander 35mm 2.5 should be all i need, on a nex5 all small and compact enough for travel.
post #47 of 620

I try to steer as far away from post-processing as possible, just because it's a whole other rabbithole and I'd rather spend time getting shots looking right straight out of the camera. Obviously it depends on the aesthetic you're after though.

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I was wondering how you're able to get the crisp, detailed shots you get.

I've tried quite a bit to get detailed imagines of flowers/plants but it almost always turns out to be a gigantic mess with no definition. 

I know that's a suitably broad problem/question, but any tips?

Those photos are great! I think the biggest tip would be shooting in the right light. A lot of people starting off will think that more sunlight = better, and that's not necessarily true. I find that shooting in bright sunlight is one of the hardest things to do since you start to lose color and definition without the usage of a flash. Most of my plant photos are taken on overcast/cloudy days or near sundown.

I'm not particularly sure how to answer I guess, because I have never been the most technical person. I usually shoot with the intention of conveying a certain mood so a lot of times my focuses are off or I'm using too shallow a dof (a lot of the time haha) or my colors/contrast are slightly off from what some would consider "optimal". Guess it's something for me to work on

I'm sure others can chime in and give some pointers, but if you post more photos and examples of what you're talking about we can get deeper into the discussion.
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Random Botany Lesson

where is this? I've seen this before in Arkansas but I was looking more at the rocks
post #50 of 620
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It's Arabia mountain in Georgia. Not sure if the diamorpha are that far west but they might be. There's only this one species in the genus so it may have been something else but similar
post #51 of 620
Actually I think I'm wrong, it was in north Alabama
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Pictures below were taken at an art exhibition entitled Seizure by Roger Hiorns. A flat in a tenement block in London which was due to be demolished had it's walls covered in chicken wire. It was then made watertight and completely filled with warm saturated copper sulphate solution. As this solution cooled, crystals were deposited across all the surfaces of the flat, leaving the results below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just crappy snapshots unfortunately, and I wish I'd had an ultrawide lens and a couple of flash guns to really show off how beautiful this piece of sculpture really was.

post #54 of 620
I used to be really into photography but haven't done much with it in years. I went to school for it for a couple years after high school and it was so much fun, we had a fleet of Hasselblads and 4x5s to play with, color and B&W darkrooms, and a half-dozen studio spaces with all the lighting equipment you could need. I miss those days, especially the darkroom. Digital is easy but it's just not the same as printing with negatives on paper. We had one Photoshop class for which we needed a zip disc...which was pretty cutting edge storage at the time. Hah! This was in the era of the Sony digital cameras that recorded onto flopy discs!

Anyway, here are a few images from my photography days. This thread is making me want to pick it back up again, but not sure shooting digital will satisfy the itch and I don't have space for a darkroom right now unfortunately.











post #55 of 620
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do you guys do any post-processing ? i've never, aside from cropping ... though it seems to be common practice.

 

I use Picassa 3 - which is pretty simple. I usually crop, colour balance and occasionally play shadowing/highlights.

post #56 of 620
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Those photos are great! I think the biggest tip would be shooting in the right light. A lot of people starting off will think that more sunlight = better, and that's not necessarily true. I find that shooting in bright sunlight is one of the hardest things to do since you start to lose color and definition without the usage of a flash. Most of my plant photos are taken on overcast/cloudy days or near sundown.

I'm not particularly sure how to answer I guess, because I have never been the most technical person. I usually shoot with the intention of conveying a certain mood so a lot of times my focuses are off or I'm using too shallow a dof (a lot of the time haha) or my colors/contrast are slightly off from what some would consider "optimal". Guess it's something for me to work on

I'm sure others can chime in and give some pointers, but if you post more photos and examples of what you're talking about we can get deeper into the discussion.

 

Thanks man!

 

It's been really grey here (most of my shots were taken in the peak of summer), and I'm finding everything looks like there's dust/glass between the subject and my shot. Just need to play a bit more, I think.

 

Thanks for the compliments.

post #57 of 620
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great stuff fellas

do you guys do any post-processing ? i've never, aside from cropping ... though it seems to be common practice.

I try not to, I don't even crop any of my images. I never messed around with that stuff in the darkroom so it kinda translates to digital I guess...generally just take what I shoot. Good and bad, I suppose. I hope HDR dies soon though, they make for some incredible images sometimes but I feel like it has been super abused/worshiped way too much lately

RE: accessories

Straps

Thatoneguy posted an alternative to the silk strap thing shah posted in the other photography thread on the other side and I grabbed one and really like it. The place is called Lance Camera Straps and so far it has served me pretty well. People seem to compliment the strap more than anything hah. I use the non adjustable neckstrap in black + forest green rings, looks real nice so if you're on the lookout for a nice affordable strap, I recommend it



Does anyone shoot with a thumbgrip?



I am trying to decide between a thumbgrip and a handgrip for my camera. I'm so used to using the film rewinder as a grip/stabilizer but not sure how well it will translate to my camera, being mounted to the hotshoe and all.
post #58 of 620
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A lot of people starting off will think that more sunlight = better, and that's not necessarily true.

I agree. I hate shooting outdoors and prefer taking photos in low light. As for people starting out, I think using old manual focus f-mount primes taught me a lot about how to use my camera when the D40 came out. Anyways, my X100 has the non adjustable A&A canvas strap that I usually wrap around my right wrist, a later model thumbs up grip(I had the first one and the second one is much more ergonomic, especially if you have small hands), and a silver match technical soft shutter release. Since there's a few X100 users here, I highly recommend the thumbs up and soft release.

As for actual photos, last weekend a certain social network ceo walked through a Nerf game I was hosting downtown and the weekend before I watched The Joy Formidable play at The Fillmore:



Good thread idea. I look forward to seeing what photos and discussions people share. I'm sure it'll better than the circle jerks or trolling in other places.
post #59 of 620
Pictures of me taking pictures of things, courtesy of my brother
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post #60 of 620
That strap that gt is talking about is really good. No need to get A&A imo
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